As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Changing fashions: Neanderthal man used bird feathers 'for decoration and ornaments'

Neanderthal man is likely to have used bird feathers to decorate himself, according to new research.

Evidence found in the cave homes of our evolutionary cousins, who were likely killed off 30,000 years ago as modern man stepped forward, suggests that feathers were stripped from the remains of birds, to perhaps be worn as decorative ornaments or early jewellery.

Gibraltar Museum researchers Clive Finlayson and Kimberly Brown studied bird bones found at European sites used by Neanderthal man - and found that bird wings containing large feathers had regularly been chopped and carved by the inhabitants.

The latest theory draws more credence to the suggestion that the early hominids had a strong sense of tradition and culture.


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